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Khamûl wrote:
eBay Item #271647382432
I have to admit, this early bid really surprised me. £100? Really?

BH



Every chance it is a shill bid.

Posted on: 10/30 16:16:02


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Trotter wrote:
Auction listed as

"J R R Tolkien - The Silmarillion", does not just include the trade paperback :(

One for Khamûl, it has a Silmarillion in it.

eBay Item #191389757982



This is like almost any other copy of the Silmarillion. I see the listing includes the phrase "Status - unread"...

I'd love to know the percentage of copies of Tolkien books generally that have actually been read. It is pretty low, I think. Whenever you see a boxed set of LOTR paperbacks, only the first book usually has signs of reading. I think a lot of them are purchased as gifts.

Posted on: 10/27 20:33:32


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Jlong wrote:
Ha! Yeah right.

eBay Item #191388626712


I honestly hate these editions so much, I'd happily pay protection money to not have them.

Just as well I'm not a completeist or I'd have to buy a set :)

Posted on: 10/24 22:51:49


Re: eBay & PayPal Seller Charges/Fees
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I must admit, I don't actually mind an eBay seller covering their actual postage and packing costs (and if that includes covering what they have to give to the thieves at eBay/PayPal, then I'm not bothered by that). So long as they aren't charging me a "service fee" for going to the post office, I'm OK with real costs being levied.

Often with international sales, I hit the "Standard International Flat Rate" scam. Unless I know that the flat rate will be more or less accurate to the real cost, I just won't bid on principal. I also won't buy anything that uses eBay GSP as that is a total scam (and eBay often opens and re-packs the parcels [with no packing] to reduce size and weight).

Posted on: 10/24 19:30:32


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Thanks for posting. The old ads and catalogues are great. I reckon that was the best era for Tolkien books. The quality was high, the cover designs were traditional and un-fussy, and the range was relatively static, rather than being designed to squeeze a dime out of every last bit of material, good or not. Some of the stuff that passes for "Collectors Editions" out of HarperCollins wouldn't even have passed muster as a paperback thirty years ago.

Plus it was in the days where books sold for RRP, so there was less corner cutting in the production.

I wonder how the Tolkien book landscape will look in another thirty years -- whether there will even be physical copies being produced?

Posted on: 10/21 19:14:59



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